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The excitement and buzz of the Summer Paralympic Games may be still in the air but already the focus has moved to training for the Winter Paralympics.

On Thursday, September 16 and Friday, September 17, New Zealand paralympic athletes trained and competed on the slopes of Cardrona Alpine Resort.

“It was a fantastic two days, athletes skied really well and we are looking forward to some quality training coming up over the next few weeks at Cardrona,” Snow Sports NZ spokeswoman Britt Hawes said.

Training for gold . . . NZ Paralympic athlete Adam Hall competing at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The next Paralympic Winter Games are due to be held in Beijing, China from March 4-13.

There are six winter para sports currently contested at the Paralympic Games.

Since the Geilo 1980 Paralympic Winter Games, New Zealand has won a total of 221 Paralympic medals.

Para sport is a term that describes sport offered as part of the Paralympic Movement.

Para sport offers people with an eligible impairment, opportunities to be involved in a sporting pathway from grassroots through to elite para sport, representing their country at the highest level, including the Paralympics.

The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games will feature a maximum of 748 Para athletes and up to 82 medal events Pyeong Chang 2018.